Kim Booth MP 
Greens Leader

Member for Bass

 
PORTFOLIOS
Aboriginal Affairs | Energy | Forestry | Mining | Police & Emergency Services | Primary Industries & Water | Racing | Treasury
 
ABOUT KIM
Former sawmill business operator, Kim Booth is our MP in Bass. 
 
He is a strong advocate for equitable access to education and healthcare. Kim is also committed to Tasmania retaining our clean air, that the marine environment is free of toxic effluent.
 
Coming from a sawmilling background means that Kim Booth knows how to create more jobs with less logs: demonstrated by his radial sawmill proposal for Scottsdale, and his recent local sawmilling trials utilising logs categorised by Forestry Tasmania as only fit for export. 
 
Kim Booth is the only member in Bass who voted in Parliament against the toxic and controversial Gunns Ltd pulp mill proposal for Bell Bay. 
 
 

GET IN CONTACT

Bass Electorate Office
Level1, Henty House, Civic Square

LAUNCESTON 7250
ph: 03 6324 2040
greensnorth@parliament.tas.gov.au

 

Call for Tasmanian Aboriginal Treaty

 

Unfinished Business: Time to Treaty 

The Greens today called for a formal Treaty to be negotiated between the State of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

“Last week I wrote to the Premier, in his capacity as Aboriginal Affairs Minister, requesting he initiate good-faith negotiations with representatives from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to deliver a meaningful Treaty,” Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson Kim Booth MP said, while addressing the Invasion Day rally held in Hobart.

New National Celebration Date Needed

 

Call for Alternative Australia Day Date 

Political leaders need to be serious about moving Australia Day to a date other than the 26th of January if they are serious about working towards genuine reconciliation with the Aboriginal community, Greens Leader and Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“The Greens welcome the Premier’s commitment to placing Aboriginal land transfers back on the state table, but we also urge Mr Hodgman to have the courage to place on the national agenda the need to shift the Australia Day date,” Mr Booth said.

Tasmania's Renewable Energy Future

 

Liberal Energy Strategy Smokescreen 

The Liberals’ so-called energy strategy fails to address carbon price losses or future changes to the Renewable Energy Target (RET), while sneaking in the ‘Christmas grinch’ in the form of another Basslink for which Tasmanians will pick up the tab, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.

“Matthew Groom’s so-called Energy Strategy is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover the billion dollar loss on carbon price over the next 10 years, which he and the Premier encouraged their federal counterparts to repeal,” Mr Booth said.

RFA & Agreed Private Forests Broadscale Clearing Deadline

 

Is Harriss in Breach of RFA – or Has it Been Changed Secretly? 

The Minister for Resources Paul Harriss must come clean on whether he has secretly negotiated a formal change to the Regional Forests Agreement (RFA) with the Commonwealth, or whether he is in breach of the RFA with his announcement to overturn the January deadline for an end to broad-scale clearing and conversion of native forest on private land, Greens Leader and Forests spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Clause 45 of the 2005 Supplementary Regional Forest Agreement details the 10 year deadline for the end of broad-scale clearing of native forest vegetation on private land as formally agreed by both the federal and state governments,” Mr Booth said. [1]

Statement: Martin Place Tragedy

 

Condolence Statement 

Greens Leader Kim Booth MP today extended the Party’s heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by the incredible and awful Sydney hostage situation which ended so tragically this morning.

“Words hardly seem sufficient at times like these, when people are trying to deal with such a horrific day and tragic outcome. The shock is overwhelming.”

State Finances & Taxation Review Needed

 

Gutwein Must Heed Wake-up Call From Auditor General 

Pressure is building for the Hodgman government to undertake a comprehensive State Finance and Taxation Review, following the release of the annual state finances report by the Auditor-General, Mike Blake, Greens Leader and Treasury spokesperson Kim Booth MP said.

“The Greens have been calling for an independent comprehensive State Finance and Taxation Review to be undertaken to start to address long term structural problems facing the Tasmanian economy,” Mr Booth said.

Forestry Tasmania Subsidisation Set to Continue

 

Harriss Grows Forestry Debts With No Plan B 

Forestry Tasmania is set to borrow $31 million against its letter of Comfort this financial year, and still does not have a transition plan in place to move to a full cost recovery business model to end future public subsidies, Greens Leader and Forestry spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Today’s Forestry Tasmania GBE examination reveals that the industry will receive public subsidies of at least $37 million this financial year,” Mr Booth said.

Energy Sector Props Up Forestry

 

TasNetworks Props up Forestry Tasmania with $30 million 

Tasmanian Networks Government Business Enterprise Committee hearings (GBEs) today finally exposed the fact that the GBE will be providing financial injections of $20 million to TasRail, and $30 million to Forestry Tasmania for the 2015-16 financial year.

“This government has deliberately kept Tasmanians in the dark over plans to keep pouring public subsidies into failing businesses such as Forestry Tasmania,” Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

Poor Energy Decisions Cost State

 

Hydro Projections Show Staggering Losses of $694, 991, 553 Over Next Six Years 

Hydro Tasmania’s Government Business Enterprise Committee hearings (GBEs) revealed that recent poor decisions made in the state’s energy sector will cost an estimated staggering $700 million over the next six years, Greens Leader and Energy spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Six year modelling by Hydro shows the GBE’s projections consist of a massive total of $97,687,737 loss on power purchase agreements (PPA’s) with Chinese company Shenua, given as a deal sweetener when Hydro Tasmania sold them the wind farms,” Mr Booth said.

GBE Committee Hearings Must Look Forward

 

Liberals Try to Limit GBE Scrutiny 

The Liberal government’s attempt to restrict Government Business Enterprise Committee hearings (GBEs), is a ludicrous and unprecedented attempt to hide from scrutiny, Greens Leader Kim Booth MP said today.

“This bizarre attempt to prevent the committee examining Hydro Tasmania to ask questions pertaining to long term business plans, makes a mockery of these scrutiny hearings,” Mr Booth said.